Billie Rae (Hillman) Byrd

February 10, 1927 ~ January 6, 2020 (age 92)


Mrs. Billie Rae Byrd, 92, of Neely, beloved wife and mother went to be with Her Lord & Savior on Monday January 6th, 2020 with her family by her side. Billie Rae was born February 10th, 1927 in Neely, MS to the late L. H. Hillman and Della Dunnam Hillman. She graduated from Neely High School and married Earl Robert Byrd in 1963. She loved her family and was active in the churches she attended teaching Sunday School for a number of years. She was also a very talented pattern maker in her vocation at Basila Manufacturing in Leakesville.

Billie Rae is preceded in death by her husband Earl Robert Byrd, her son James Breland and her only sister Nell Caldwell.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sheryl James (Terry) and Bess Simmons (Ken), her four grandchildren, Whitney Davis (Patrick), Braxton James (Alyssa), Hillary Simmons and Zack Simmons as well as her two great grandchildren, Carson James and Eden Della Smith.   

A wake will be held on Wednesday, January 8th from 6-9 pm and a Funeral Service on Thursday January 9th, 2020 at 11:00 am from the chapel at Freeman Funeral Home in Leakesville. Brother Ray Freeman of Washington Missionary Baptist Church in Neely will officiate. All are welcomed to attend and to celebrate with friends and family, Billie Rae’s Life and Homegoing. Online condolences may be given at Freeman Funeral Home - Leakesville, MS.

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January 8, 2020

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Freeman Funeral Home
1601 Lackey Street
Leakesville, Mississippi 39451

Funeral Service
January 9, 2020

11:00 AM
Freeman Funeral Home
1601 Lackey Street
Leakesville, Mississippi 39451

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